Ludlow

  • 17:15 Annual Members Cheltenham Preview On 27th February Maiden Hurdle3m

  • Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
  • Going: Heavy, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 21.80s
  • Off time: 17:15:25
17:15 Ludlow Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Sybarite (FR) 7/2
2nd Island Cruise (IRE) 20/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 4F59/P3 Royal Blue, Royal Blue and Yellow check sleeves, Yellow cap Island Cruise (IRE) 14
Nag me
6 11-4 t P G Murphy C Bolger 20/121.00
3 331-363 Red, yellow hoops, yellow and red diabolo on sleeves, yellow cap, red spots Master Butcher (IRE) 81
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-4 Miss R Curtis Paul O'Brien (10) 11/26.50
4 162424 White, Red chevron, Emerald Green and Red striped sleeves, Red cap Regal Diamond (IRE) 25
Nag me
6 11-4 P Bowen Donal Devereux 130 5/61.83
5 111-624 EMERALD GREEN, WHITE stars, EMERALD GREEN cap, WHITE star Sybarite (FR) 31
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-4 N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 116 7/24.50
6 63-2224 Black, Orange star, Orange sleeves, Black stars, Black cap, Orange star Floral Spinner 14
Nag me
7 10-11 W G M Turner Brendan Powell 105 13/27.50
Non runners
24S5133Ivy Gate (IRE)611-4Jonjo O'NeillMaurice Linehan122
7P1P-134Painted Gold810-11S-J DaviesAidan Coleman

Verdict

Regal Diamond was clearly out of his depth in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham last time but would probably win this if repeating his earlier second to Aubusson at that track. Floral Spinner appears to have the beating of Painted Gold on a line through Land Of Vic but is proving hard to win with while Master Butcher races for the first time since November, though is probably still improving. IVY GATE finished six lengths ahead of Sybarite on heavy ground at Towcester last month and the pair re-oppose on identical terms. There is no reason why Jonjo O'Neill's charge shouldn't come out on top again and he gets the vote as Island Cruise was probably flattered by his run behind Ampleforth here last time.